An announcement was made earlier this week that Secretary of the interior Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, have agreed to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau on the Thompson Divide, located in the White River National Forest. The news of the Continue reading
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U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, along with Governor John Hickenlooper, and Congressman Scott Tipton yestrday sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging DOI to complete the court-ordered Environmental Assessment for Trapper Mine prior to April 30th. Trapper Mine’s permit was covered under the same environmental review that the U.S. District Court in Colorado deemed deficient for Colowyo Mine, but Trapper Mine was initially believed to be unaffected. Further review led to a negotiation with the Office of Continue reading
The Interior Department’s Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit of Colowyo Mine was signed by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Janice Schneider and has been officially filed. Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said he received a phone call from Janice Snyder of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) to let him know that the timely filing fulfills the order by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson, who gave the Office of Surface Mining 120 days to bring the permit into compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The new assessment shows that the mine’s operations do NOT create a significant environmental impact. The filing brings to a close the events that lead to the fear in Northwest Colorado that mining operations at Colowyo would cease, put 220 miners out of work and devastate local economies.
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The Moffat County Commissioners accepted a bid from I-C-E yesterday to put a new sign at Loudy Simpson Park. The sign will be a digital display, similar to the one at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. However the commissioners say this sign will be better, with more options and a better display. It will also cost less. The Continue reading